Thursday, July 17, 2008

Before and After of Lamp and Starfish Wall hanging

I am stealing this technique from Rhoda at Southern Hospitality. She has a post way back so I didn't find it for you, she refinished a clock with the same technique. I bought the paint at Michaels. It is Sophisticated Finishes in Blackened Bronze and then you highlight with Blonde Bronze. This is my lamp before. It is just plain. I still like the shape and lamps are awfully expensive so I am refinishing them rather than replacing them. My walls are a yellowy taupe and my couch is a brown and maroon toned tapestry. We have two leather chairs in brown, so this beige looks like it is dying in there. The shade is a leather.
The first step is to paint the Blackened Bronze over the whole surface. I used a sponge brush so I could get in all the crevices. I didn't prime, so in some areas it would smear and take the paint back off. I let it dry and then repeated over any areas that showed brush marks or were transparent.
For the second step highlight with the Blonde Bronze. I just brushed over the tops of the raised areas and wiped off anything that went on a flat surface.
Close up of detail on lamp and highlighted areas.
Finished lamp with the shade. Much better. Ready for a little more life.
I bought this for our 1/2 bath that we painted turquoise. I am adding just a few beachy items after I found this on clearance at Michaels. I also bought a fish and some shells for a bowl. Photos to come later!
The black does not go with the room so I sprayed it white. Stay tuned for photos of the bath!!!


Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

The lamp looks great. Thanks for the product information! I missed this post on Rhoda's blog!

Michelle said...

The lamp and starfish look great, I love to take something and make new to me again. Have a great day!

Take Care

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, I'm glad you got some of the SF products. They are great & your lamps looks brand new. I don't blame you for giving it new life. Paint is wonderful!


chelle's winks said...

oh...I like that a lot...I have two bedroom lamps that need that kind of life...thanks for the tip!

Susie Harris said...

Oh my goodness!!! It looks like a million bucks!!! What a great job you did... I would have just plastered some spraypaint on top with tons of runs..hehe... Nice! Susie h~

Tracye said...

That is beautiful!!!

Will it be for sale in a garage sale soon?!? ;)

Strawberry Blonde said...

Great job on the lamp. I really like the way it turned out.

Can't wait to see pictures of the bathroom.

blessedwith5 said...

Great Lamp! You are really good a faux painting! I should hire you!

Valarie said...

Wow that Lamp looks awesome!!! Good job!!!!

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Hi there and thanks for visiting my blog!!

Wow, what a wonderful transformation you made to your lamp. It really popped!!! Beautiful. I love to re-make and repurpose items too. Isn't it fun to decorate on a budget? I think it is!!!

I'll be checking in on you from time to time to see what you're up to next :)



mommyofmany said...

Wow! What a beautiful transformation! Love the lamp!

I think I'm missing something in my creative genes. Once I see something I often think, "I could do that!" Maybe I'm too visual. I have trouble picturing something before it's done. Right now I'm struggling over choosing a paint color for one of my rooms! Grrr!

Southern Lady said...

Beautiful lamp transformation! Isn't it amazing what a little stain will do.

I'm so glad to discover your "Southern Seven." I enjoyed reading your posts and seeing your projects, especially the letters you're working on with your daughters. What sweet memories you're creating for them, too.

I'll be back to visit again soon.


At Home Redesigns said...

Little transformations can be so much fun! I've enjoyed checking out your blog.

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Wow - it looks amazing. I will definitely be looking at what I can use that on.

Layla said...

LOVE the starfish...almost bought it from Michaels too! Too bad I'm on a spending freeze! :-)


Joy said...

Wow! That lamp went for average to incredible! It looks so elegant now.
And the starfish looks so fresh in it's new color. Great job on both projects!
So glad you joined in the party.

Bonnie the Boss said...

The Lamp is amazing!

Tricia Anne said...

Wow! Very pretty! I have never seen that type of product. Thank you for sharing! :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

judicreations said...

I really love the way your lamp turned out. That technique and colours bring out the lovely lines and details of the lamp. You did a great job.

Have a lovely evening.

Tricia said...

You transformed that lamp into something that would costs $298 at the local furniture store. It looks awesome.